The TSA Shooting

I’ve been holding back on commenting on Friday’s shooting since I wanted to wait for facts to come out. Much hay is being made of the shooter’s crackpot views about the New World Order and the fact that he obtained his guns legally. Of course, this tells us very little since most gun violence does not involve political views at all and involves guns obtained illegally, according to the FBI’s own research. Focusing on these factors is once again focusing on the tiny sliver of gun violence that garners most of the media attention.

I’m going to assume the man had mental issues (based mostly on the fact that he, you know, shot up an airport). Such people tend to be drawn to crackpot conspiracy theories and anti-government views. This does not invalidate the anti-government views any more than the Unabomber’s killing invalidated environmental issues. His disturbing behavior was noticed and his dad alerted police but they just missed him. As always, this emphasizes my point that ordinary citizens are our best line of defense. We don’t see the shootings that are stopped because a parent, a teacher or a friend got scared and made sure a horrifying incident was prevented. We only see the times they aren’t able to stop it. And in a nation of three hundred million people, the odds that one person it nutty enough to kill and “lucky” enough not to get stopped beforehand are unfortunately high.

I do want to comment on one aspect. By all accounts, this man deliberately targeted TSA agents. I and many other people have been extremely critical of the TSA for their security theater, their tendency to abuse authority, their lack of accountability and the constant propaganda at the TSA blog. It goes without saying that none of us advocate violence against the TSA (if anything, this will make things worse as Pistole is likely to call for TSA agents to be armed). It is absolutely horrible that a man is dead because some nut decided he was going to kill a innocent member of an agency he didn’t like. I want the TSA disbanded, not killed.

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

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    I want the TSA disbanded, not killed.

    “What do we want?”

    HALF MEASURES

    “When do we want them?”

    TOMORROW

    And yes my comment is hyperbole. I’m not advocating a copycat killing. It’s just that my comment has become the motto of the American Libertarian.

    “Oh dear, how’d we ever get here?” Perhaps another strongly worded essay will bring us back from the abyss.

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  2. Section8

    I think MY is saying that if a stand was made to abolish the TSA, there would be an instant about face and back-pedaling, I have no idea where he’d get this idea though.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    I see. It’s the old “we must make a useless and pointless gesture that damages the GOP and the country and accomplishes nothing” gambit.

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  4. Section8

    It’s more of every stand made by the GOP will be pointless and useless. Every stand. There will always be a reason that any stand is pointless and useless. I mean I’ve only come to that conclusion after what 6 or 7 years or so. Hell and it took me 6 or 7 to finally convince myself that despite many great posts, your push for free market ideology just can’t make it past the stage of theory. I’m way behind the curve in realizing that sadly. Then again maybe it takes 20 years to truly know or not? Until then MY has a valid point, and a quite funny one too.

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